If you are a petite bride you no doubt have found it hard to find petite wedding dresses. Most wedding gown designers don't offer the option of petite sizes. But there are a few who do. Here are some questions you may have...
These questions and more will be answered below...
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Petite wedding dresses are not easy to find, but it is possible! Knowing which wedding dress designers cut their gowns with the petite bride in mind, can save you money and time!
Most brides who are short, usually order a standard size and then have extensive alterations done to cut the gown down to size. The biggest alteration job and the most expensive is the hem. Most designers make their gowns to fit a woman who is about 5' 8" in height in at least 2" heels.
So if you are 5' 4 in height or shorter... the average amount that has to be shortened on a bridal gown is 5-6 inches. But I have seen as much as 12 inches taken off the bottom. What does this do to the dress design?
One thing I suggest you do is to wear as high of a heel as you can possibly wear. This will keep from having to cut off too much of the hem in order to keep the gown design looking proportionate on you.
So where can you find petite wedding dresses for short women?
There are wedding dress designers who offer petite sizes in their bridal collections. Some will allow you to order any style gown in their collection in a petite size. Some bridal gown designers only make certain wedding gown styles in petite sizing.
When you can, you should buy a petite size wedding dress if you fall in this size range for a couple of reasons:
Since shortening the hem of a wedding gown is the most expensive alteration, you can save money if you get a petite size wedding gown. They are cut shorter than standard sizing by about 4" to 5".
Also, the torso lengths for a petite woman are shorter. Wedding gown designers know this and therefore they shorten the bodice lengths and sleeve lengths for petite bridal gowns. How does this help you?
Well when it comes to the bodice length... if you are short-waisted and try on dresses cut to standard proportions, you will see a lengthwise fold forming across the front and/or back of the gown at the waist level. Depending on the design of the dress, sometimes you can alter this out. But in most cases you can't alter for this problem.
A petite wedding dress though, will be cut shorter in the torso area.
So when you have the opportunity to get a petite bridal dress... to achieve the best look and fit... do yourself a favor and buy your gown in a petite size!
David's Bridal carry some of their styles in petite sizes. Their sizes for petites range from 0P to 16P. When you look at their online site you can see which styles are made for petite sizes. Some styles are only available online and not in the stores.
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The next list of designers don't necessarily make petite wedding dresses but...
The following designers will make changes to the hollow to hem measurements for their gowns.
Make sure you are measured in the bridal shoes or a shoe about the heel height you will be wearing, to get the measurement you should order. If you order your gown online you will have to provide the information to the source you are ordering from. They can instruct you on how this is done.
So remember... Petite wedding dresses gives you a better fit than a dress made to standard measurements. You can also save money on your alterations costs.
Be aware that some styles should be ordered in a custom length. Some styles like...
I'm sure that there are other designers that carry petite sizes or offer custom length changes. As I come across them I will add them to the list. Also, you can let me know of any other designers that make petite wedding dresses you know about that you think I need to add as well.
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